Bench Memos

Law & the Courts

Blue-Slip Approvals for Appellate Nominees

In contrast to Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin:

I’m pleased to highlight that Michigan’s two Democratic senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, have returned their favorable blue slips on President Trump’s nomination of state supreme court justice Joan Larsen to the Sixth Circuit.  

Ditto for Indiana’s Joe Donnelly a couple of weeks ago on Trump’s nomination of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett to the Seventh Circuit. Barrett’s hearing is set for September 6.

Larsen and Barrett both clerked for Justice Scalia, and I expect both to be outstanding federal judges.